Just had a day of continuing education learning about treating the rotator cuff in a class called Releasing the Rotator Cuff. I have the tools to treat mild to moderate injuries and improper use conditions. Anything more serious must be assessed by a specialty doctor.
People who do repetitive lifting or overhead activities – e.g. painters, carpenters, movers
Athletes, particularly tennis players and baseball pitchers
Pain at rest and at night, particularly if lying on the affected shoulder
Pain when lifting and lowering your arm or with specific movements
Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm
Crackling sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions
Tears that happen suddenly, such as from a fall, usually cause intense
pain. There may be a snapping sensation and immediate weakness in your upper arm. This is more than a mild to moderate injury.
Click here for an overview of the rotator cuff muscles
Click here to learn more about massage for rotator cuff injuries